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The Temple House, Chengdu, China

Tuesday 23 Jul 2013

Past and present merge in Chengdu

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Restored Qing Dynasty courtyards welcome residents to Make-designed Temple House 

China’s Sichuan Province will witness a meeting of Chinese heritage and contemporary flair when The Temple House, designed by Make, opens in Chengdu in the fourth quarter of 2014. The third House from Swire Hotels, The Temple House, features a contemporary interpretation of traditional Chinese design by Make. The hotel is a part of the Chengdu Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex, a large-scale mixed use project jointly developed by Sino-Ocean Land and Swire Properties.

Make’s commitment to context-driven design is highlighted by the integration of the hotel's two ‘L’ shaped blocks (one incorporating 100 hotel rooms and the other housing 42 serviced apartments) with restored Chinese courtyard buildings that date back to the Qing Dynasty. These historic buildings will themselves play an active role in the complex, housing the hotel's entrance lobby and an art gallery.

John Puttick, partner and lead architect for Make in China said: "The Temple House's heritage location raises important design issues, reflecting the current debate on how best to handle China's surviving built heritage. Our design respects and preserves the site's historic buildings by integrating them into the hotel, while also delivering new, contemporary design features that are sensitive to this heritage."

The three-dimensional woven façade combines modern design with traditional local architectural elements (timber, brick and step stones). The façade, inspired by the Sichuan region's strong history of weaving and brocade, features a perforated brickwork pattern that weaves together the window and spandrel panels with brick panels.

Inside, guests will be met with a warm, champagne-coloured façade, framing a sequence of courtyards in the space between the two new buildings. The lush, undulating landscape of these courtyards is reminiscent of the terraced fields found on Sichuan's steep hillsides, while lightwells will allow plenty of natural light to penetrate to the complex's lower level, which contains shared public facilities.

The Temple House also has several sustainable features integrated into its design, including extensive green landscaping throughout. Glazing has been controlled to reduce heat loss in winter and solar gain in summer while delivering good natural light and views. Rainwater will be collected for reuse and water conservation measures will be in place in the hotel. Make has designed the project with a target of LEED ND Gold and Chinese Green Building Evaluation Label 2-Star certification.

Make has also been commissioned to convert two historic courtyard buildings nearby into the house's luxury spa, which will be open to both hotel guests and visitors. Additionally, Make is designing the nearby Pinnacle One, a 47-storey international Grade A office tower also in the Chengdu Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex, creating yet another striking new landmark in the Daci Temple conservation area.

The Temple House is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2014. Make has previously worked with Swire Hotels on the design of another hotel project, the Montpellier Chapter, United Kingdom which also combined new construction with the restoration of historic buildings.

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